Just Say No More –

Jan. 23, 2020 – “No matter what you’ve done, no matter how bad it’s been, recovery is possible. I think that showing empathy and meeting people where they are is key. And that’s what it took for me.” 

She is one of the few to accomplish what many saw as the impossible: she now works to prevent overdoses in our region and finally regained her nursing license. 

“It’s an inspiration to me to know I am trusted in that field from the board of nursing. And that is a trust I will not break again,” says Barnett. 

As an overdose specialist, she advocates daily for “harm reduction.” A primary role in her work with the Sullivan County Anti-Drug Coalition is to make Narcan readily available in our region. She says Narcan is a life-saving drug that everyone should have access to. 

Barnett hopes by sharing her success story, she will not be the last to overcome addiction, fight to regain her career, and go on to live a fulfilling life.


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